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Encephalitis: Dist hospitals asked to get act together

DISTRICT HOSPITALS in Uttar Pradesh have been asked to make special arrangements for patients of encephalitis and other viral infections. The directives were issued by the State?s Epidemic Cell to all chief medical officers in the districts and chief medical superintendents of the district hospitals after deaths were reported from the adjoining States.

india Updated: Oct 07, 2006 17:37 IST

DISTRICT HOSPITALS in Uttar Pradesh have been asked to make special arrangements for patients of encephalitis and other viral infections.

The directives were issued by the State’s Epidemic Cell to all chief medical officers in the districts and chief medical superintendents of the district hospitals after deaths were reported from the adjoining States.

The hospitals have been asked to remain prepared with a separate ward for such patients and arrange for platelet count. A number of encephalitis cases are reported in September and October. Last year, the government decided to inoculate people against encephalitis and ran a campaign for it.

The CMOs of Meerut, Hathras, Gaziabad, Noida and Hapur have been given special instructions as cases were found in the adjoining districts.

Patients of viral fever are reporting to government and private hospitals daily in the State capital. A suspected case of dengue was admitted to the King George’s Medical University also.

Another virus, which is suspected to strike this year, is Chikungunya. It is caused by an arbovirus and transmitted by the mosquitoes Aedes aegypti. These mosquitoes are daybiters and epidemics are sustained by human-mosquito-human transmission.

These mosquitoes usually breed in clean water collections in containers, tanks, disposables, junk material in domestic and peri-domestic situations.

The Health Department, which is apprehensive of a Chikungunya strike, has asked hospital authorities to remain cautious.